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Fadi Jaber

Fadi Jaber is an alumnus of the Institute of Culinary Education.Owner, Sugar Daddy’s Bakery, Amman, Beirut, and Dubai
Pastry & Baking Arts and Culinary Management, 2006

Fadi Adnan Adeeb Jaber, a son of Palestinian refugees, grew up eating homemade knafah, gatayef, and baklawah. But it was western desserts, particularly cupcakes, which won his heart. At age 28 he decided to leave his marketing job to learn how to bake cupcakes in a combined pastry and culinary management program at ICE. He went on to create Sugar Daddy's, a celebrated chain of bubblegum-pink shops in Amman, Jordan; Beirut, Lebanon; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. His specialty is old-fashioned iced cakes for urbane Arabs who share Jaber’s craving for classic American baked goods. His advice to current culinary students is, “Pay your dues at the beginning and cope with all the hardships that are associated with starting at the very bottom. Also, have fun in your work. People will taste it in the food you cook or bake.”